Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Suffolk/Nassau County just yet. Mother Nature has given us a few nice days, but she’s always prepped to remind us that she’s the boss. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a repairman out for furnace service if you keep these simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces exhaust waste gases out of your home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also transfer in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move freely is vital to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes can exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall can submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air you have to have to run your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off should a blockage occur). To prevent that from happening during a heavy snowfall, it’s crucial to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes to help prevent this from occurring.
  • Inspect the area routinely to be sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Suffolk/Nassau County will probably swing up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can change the performance of your furnace. At Airmax Long Island Inc in Suffolk/Nassau County, we are always available to take a look at any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re related to furnace service or purchasing a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our number one priority. Give us a call at 631-737-5566 to find out more information.

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